Microsoft will be removing apps from the Windows Store that do not comply with the International Age Rating Coalition's (IARC) rating system. The company has warned developers that apps and games not rated with the new age system by September 30 will be removed from the Windows Store. The new system, as noted by Neowin, makes it easier for developers to have their content comply with regional authorities like PEGI and ESRB without having to configure multiple ratings.
Instead of selecting a rating, developers have to fill out a survey that will take into account answers to provide ratings for various bodies, including:
- Classification Board (ACB) in Australia
- Classificação Indicativa (ClassInd) in Brazil
- Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) in North America
- Pan European Game Information (PEGI) in Europe
- Unterhaltungssoftware Selbstkontrolle (USK) in Germany
- International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) for general purpose
Those who have not yet moved to the new system and have their apps and games signed off will see listings pulled later in the year. It's certainly a solid move by Microsoft for consumers who will be able to enjoy a safer experience on the Windows Store, knowing younger audiences will be able to access apps and games that are suited to their age group.
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